Sunday 19 November 2017

Dublin 'Edwardian' isn't quite what it seems in Foxrock for €1.95m

A D18 'Edwardian' isn't quite what it seems

Dunboy Lodge sits on 0.22 acres of private, mature gardens
Dunboy Lodge sits on 0.22 acres of private, mature gardens
The bathroom
The sunroom
Reception room
The entrance hall and stairwell
Kitchen/breakfast room
Entrance hall
Garden pond
Mark Keenan

Mark Keenan

House design types vary widely through different periods of history and sometimes we like the styles of a particular era so much that we bring them right back again.

The result is usually called a "revival" style. And sometimes we even get revivals of revivals.

With its characteristic tapering pediment-topped pillars, internal arches and symmetric proportions, the Georgian style practised between 1714 and 1836 (and so beloved in Dublin) was itself a revival of elements of classical Roman and Greek styles from almost 2,000 years before.

Elements of this were revived again in the early 20th Century as "Neo Georgian", and again in the 1980s in new one-off city homes and housing estates - this time dubbed, rather disparagingly, Georgian "pastiche."

Reception room
Reception room

Today however, the revival styles of choice for large luxury new homes in Dublin are almost all Edwardian. Some of them are done so well that you'd need a trained eye to see they're not original.

This has happened because Edwardian homes were the first larger city abodes to be laid out over two floors rather than three or four - because, by that time, larger homes tended not to require live-in servants. These required a basement workspace under the house and an extra floor of bedrooms above the main family living quarters - four floors being less practical for modern living.

For this reason, along with the arts and crafts-driven attention to brick and joinery detail, they are more suited than their predecessors for modern residential use.

Thanks to the period in which they were built, they also tend to be centrally located without being caught right bang in the argy bargy of the city centre itself. As a result, locations with large Edwardian homes have been most sought after by wealthier families in recent years. And, following on from this, aspirational builders have recreated that style today as the one most appealing to big new home buyers.

Confusingly, Dunboy Lodge at Brighton Road in Foxrock is a revival of the Edwardian Tudor Revival style.

Back in the early 1900s, architects of the day fancied revisiting the low-slung homes with high apex roofs that were typical during the reign of Elizabeth I - along with jutting pillared roof porches and cross timber beamed gables. Today we're doing it again and copying the Edwardians copying the Tudors.

The entrance hall and stairwell
The entrance hall and stairwell

Built in the 1990s, the Lodge was well ahead of the current Edwardian Tudor revival trend. The attention to detail, particularly on the gable work and roof tiling, and the fact that it has had time to mellow and age, means that it is particularly tricky to single this one out from the true Edwardians on a road that is primarily Victorian and Edwardian in its origins.

All the features are here - the tri-gabled frontage, both crossed and upright black timber beam detail, varied window sizes, red brick trim against render and even stained glass panel work in the timber, period perfect, front door.

The house spans 2,615 sq ft - more than twice the size of an average city family home - and is set on a site of almost a quarter acre within walking distance of Foxrock Village.

Aside from the pleasing stained glass panels, the hall has a timber board floor, simple cornicing work and a lovingly carved staircase, again reflective of the Edwardian style.

Off this hall is a WC and cloakroom, and also the study with timber floor and bookshelves. Next is the 'Beola' crafted country style kitchen and breakfastroom which has a westerly outlook across the gardens. There's a four-ring gas hob, a gas oven, a double oven and two fridges.

To the right of the hall are the main reception rooms - the smaller dining room at the front of the house and the interlinked drawing room with a period chimney piece.

Entrance hall
Entrance hall

Off this again, and also accessing the kitchen, is a conservatory sun room with an Amtico floor.

Because it is built in modern framework rather than timber, this lets the cat out of the bag on the Edwardian credentials. There are four bedrooms in all on the upper floor and the master chamber has both its own walk-in dressing room and bathroom en suite.

There's a shower room and the family bathroom also on this floor.

The site is accessed off the main road by electronic security gates and there is parking for up to five cars for those big family events.

Finally, the generous site area also offers new owners the chance to extend the house even further if required. And because it's not a genuine period home, you won't have a problem with conservation restrictions.

Colliers is seeking offers in the order of €1.95m.

Dunboy Lodge

Brighton Road, Foxrock, Dublin 18

Asking price: €1.95m

Agent: Colliers, (01) 6333700

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